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Advanced Practical Social Engineering

Social-Engineer, LLC | July 22-25


This offering is a highly-specialized course for security professionals interested in learning the skills, mindset and tools to become a professional social engineer. Students develop the ability to blend his/her mental skills of influence, persuasion and psychological tactics with technical skills such as mastering elicitation and pretexting.

The Advanced Practical Social Engineering course is a week-long immersion into the world of a professional social engineer.

Designed and written by Christopher Hadnagy, our Advanced Practical Social Engineering program is a five-day (4-day for BH) intensive training course that includes lectures, discussion, multiple hands-on exercises, demonstrations, and even nightly homework. It is a highly interactive class in which you will learn and practice the skills needed to be a professional social engineer.

After the course, you will be provided the opportunity to complete a 48-hour, hands-on exam with live practical tests to prove you have mastered the skills to earn your Social Engineering Pentest Professional (S.E.P.P.) certification. The certification does not require travel, but must be scheduled within 60 days of completing the class.

Who Should Take this Course

Are you human? You should take this course.

Student Requirements

  • The love of learning new things
  • The willingness to try anything
  • The willingness to expand your mind
  • Laptop that has a wireless card and can run flash

****Be available for homework every evening*****

What Students Should Bring

You will need a laptop with the ability to get on the internet and use a browser. We recommend any windows, linux or mac laptop. It used for 1 day of the course, everything else you need will be given to you.

What Students Will Be Provided With

  • The official Advanced Practical Social Engineering Course Book
  • A personal copy of your DISC Assessment
  • Ekman METT license
  • Additional learning incentives


Christopher Hadnagy, is the founder and CEO of Social-Engineer, LLC. Chris possesses over 16 years experience as a practitioner and researcher in the security field. His efforts in training, education, and awareness have helped to expose social engineering as the top threat to the security of organizations today. Chris established the world's first social engineering penetration testing framework at www.social- engineer.org, providing an invaluable repository of information for security professionals and enthusiasts. That site grew into a dynamic web resource including a podcast and newsletter, which have become staples in the security industry and are referenced by large organizations around the world. Chris also created the first hands-on social engineering training course and certification, Advanced Practical Social Engineering, attended by law enforcement, military, and private sector professionals. A sought-after writer and speaker, Chris has spoken and trained at events such as RSA, Black Hat, and various presentations for corporate and government clients. Chris is also the best-selling author of three books; Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking, Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of Security and Phishing Dark Waters: The Offensive and Defensive Sides of Malicious Emails. Chris has been invited to the Pentagon to debrief 30+ general officers and government officials on social engineering and its effect on the United States. Chris specializes in understanding how malicious attackers exploit human communication and trust to obtain access to information and resources through manipulation and deceit. His goal is to secure companies by educating them on the methods used by attackers, identifying vulnerabilities, and mitigating issues through appropriate levels of awareness and security. Chris is a certified Expert Level graduate of Dr. Paul Ekman's Micro Expressions courses, having made the study of non-verbal behaviors one of his specialties. In addition, he holds certifications as an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and an Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP).

Michele Fincher is the Chief Influencing Agent of Social-Engineer, LLC, possessing over 20 years experience as a behavioral scientist, researcher, and information security professional. Her diverse background has helped solidify Social-Engineer, LLC's place as the premier social engineering consulting firm. As a US Air Force officer, Michele's assignments included the USAF Academy, where she was a National Board Certified Counselor, Assistant Professor, and the Executive Officer in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Upon separating from the Air Force, Michele went on to hold positions with a research and software development firm in support of the US Air Force Research Laboratory as well as an information security firm, conducting National Security Agency appraisals and Certification and Accreditation for federal government information systems. She also returned to the USAF Academy, once again in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, as a civilian instructor. At Social-Engineer, LLC, Michele is a senior penetration tester and trainer with professional expertise in all facets of social engineering vectors, assessments, and research. A remarkable writer, she is also the talent behind many of the written products of Social-Engineer, LLC, including numerous reports and assessments, blog posts, and the Social-Engineer Newsletters. Michele is also the co-author of the very popular book, Phishing Dark Waters: The Offensive and Defensive Sides of Malicious Emails. Michele is an often-requested trainer and speaker on various technical and behavioral subjects for law enforcement, the intelligence community, and the private sector in venues including the Black Hat Briefings, RSA, Techno Security, SC Congress, and the Advanced Practical Social Engineering training course. Michele has her Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering from the US Air Force Academy and her Master of Science in Counseling from Auburn University. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).